By Mario Car
Long before the invention of gunpowder, nature had its own fireworks.
The Hamilton Amateur Astronomers will hold its annual Perseids meteor shower watch on Friday August 12, 8-11 p.m. at the Binbrook Conservation Area. The conservation area is located at 1575 Harrison Rd. To get there proceed south on Hwy. 56, turn right onto Kirk Rd. and left onto Harrison Rd.
The event is free and everyone is welcome.
If you’re going make sure to take a blanket or lounge chair because lying down is the best way to enjoy the meteor shower.
Before leaving, please check with the club’s website for weather conditions. The event is weather and clouds permitting and there are no rain dates scheduled.
The Persues meteor shower appears to be radiating form the constellation Perseus but it’s caused by debris from comet 109P/Swift-Tuttle. Even though the shower peaks August 12 – 13, you can still see some from now until August 22.
To see it, look towards the northeast sky after midnight. The full moon will be a problem this year hiding the fainter meteors, but at 60 meteors per hour it should still be a good show.
Here are some important events for August stargazers. Most are listed in the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers calendar.
Aug. 6 – First quarter moon
Aug. 13 – Full moon
Aug. 21– Last quarter moon
Aug. 22 – Neptune will be at opposition and is closet and fully illuminated by the sun. It is the best time to view the planet and can be seen in powerful telescopes as a blue dot.
August 29 – New moon
For more information, please see the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers web site at www.amateurastronomy.org or call (905) 627-4323.
Hamilton Amateur Astronomers is a non-profit club that promotes local astronomy.
Mario Carr is the club’s director of public education and can be reached at email@example.com.
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